By guest contributor Daniel Ronald Manyanga

I felt glad and honored to be part of this wonderful GMC team being the only African on board. Praise God, I felt I was like a representative for Africa. – Daniel Ronald Manyanga

My name is Daniel Ronald Manyanga. I am from Zimbabwe and a student at Curtin University (Bachelor of Technology – Computer System and Networking, 2nd year).

First of all, glory be to God for my recent life-changing longhouse mission trip to Selangau and Balingian. It was my first mission trip with the team from Grace Methodist Church and I wondered a lot for a while before the trip what it would be like and what was expected for each one of us. The objective of the trip was to share the God’s Word with the folks in the longhouses and surrounding remote areas. I felt glad and honored to be part of this wonderful GMC team being the only African on board. Praise God, I felt I was like a representative for Africa.

We shared the word of God with the Iban people. At first they were shy and a bit reserved but once we got to mix and mingle with them, they began to feel more at ease. We made friends with them and spent some quality time doing some fun activities.

Communication was bit of a drawback because I could not speak their native tongue. But anyhow, we managed to communicate using sign gestures and a bit of basic Bahasa Malaysia that I had learned previously from my Discipleship Class peers. It then dawned upon me that no language barrier could stop anyone from communicating with other races.

We met Reverend Jonathan, a kind and cheerful pastor. In Balingian he invited me to perform a dance during the morning church service. The congregation enjoyed the show and thank God because He gave me the strength to do so.

During the trip we had morning devotion sessions where there were discussions on the Word. A day’s schedule was more hectic than a undergraduate’s schedule. That was good because it kept us busy on our toes! We seized the opportunity to visit neighboring longhouses singing Christmas carols, bringing food and gifts to the children.

They say the greatest need for the human soul is the need for appreciation, the need to love and feel loved and the need to feel important. I got to experience and witness these first hand. The Lord really blessed us greatly on this trip.

This trip encouraged and motivated me to be united with others to work as a team doing God’s work. I learned that we have to be fisher of men, drawing as many people as we can to become disciples of Jesus.

Mission trip can get us closer to know what the Lord expects of us. It can also define our purpose and show us the right path to take. Together we make up the body of Christ as a result we all have to play our part in fulfilling the Great Commission.

May God continue to bless us in 2012!

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